Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: The Layneworth Monsters





Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm celebrating that my first novel, The Layneworth Monsters, is up for preorder!  The novel will be published on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Litria, a novella published a while ago, and Conan, a novella never published, have now been rewritten and combined into a NOVEL. The Layneworth Monsters is a paranormal romance containing both F/F and M/F scenes.

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There's a vicious serial killer in town that's keeping the detectives of Layneworth and the entire city up at night. Some think it's a ruthless human, while others could swear werewolves are behind the havoc.

The Buscettos are far from human. Though they appear like the typical, charming family to the outside world—they're a sex and bloodthirsty monster race that has stealthily roamed the planet since the fifth century. Known as Zxxtergins, they often leave their victims mutilated and nude in their pursuit of carnal desire.

Detective Brenda Martin and her partner, Robert Moretti are determined to crack the case, but at what cost? Vaccinations are said to keep the Zxxtergins at bay. When Brenda forgets to keep up with her vaccinations, does she too become a victim? Amongst all of the cross-species love and uncontrollable lust, loss of life both monster and human, is Layneworth, let alone the world, safe from the Zxxtergin race?

Preorder The Layneworth Monsters at Amazon.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Paranormal Romance Novels: The Layneworth Monsters



Now that I'm at the end, or almost near the end, of my zombie series, my focus is on my paranormal romance novel due out in July. (Not sure if I'm writing a book four for my zombie series, even though some of my readers want it. I am trying to figure out an outline.  If I can come up with a suitable outline, I'll write a book four, but it will be my LAST book in the series.  For sure.)

Anyway, getting back to the novel . . . Litria, a novella that I published a couple of years ago, and Conan, a novella that was never published, have now been rewritten and combined into my first NOVEL. The Layneworth Monsters - paranormal romance/FF/MF - will be published in July, and it will go up for preorder within two weeks.  The monsters living in the fictional Layneworth are Zxxtergins.

Litria was with a publisher and Conan was also tied up with the publisher.  When they finally released these two works back to me, it was one happy day.  Now I can release the books the way I want, at the price I want, as an indie author.

After all, one of the joys of being an indie author is that you have control over your books.  You have no control over whether your books will sell or not sell.  However, you can make the necessary moves to place your work in the best position possible.

(The cover, featuring Conan and Sharon, was created by my awesome cover artist Kelly Walker of Indie-Spired Design. I love Conan's green eyes.)

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3


Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

My third zombie book Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 had its official launch on Monday, May 4.  I'm very pleased with how it did this week.  (In fact, I'm so pleased that I'm working on a 4th book. ) It's settled on a comfortable ranking.  (So far today it was borrowed five times and it sold once. )

Whether a person buys the book or borrows the book, as an author I get paid.  If I move 5 to 10 copies of the book a day, I'm fine with that.  That's not a big number for a best-selling indie author, but for someone like me who is just getting started on the indie route after leaving publishers, it's fine for me.

Buy Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 for 99 cents or borrow it with Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

If you need to catch up on the series:

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 1  (FREE!)

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 2 (99 cents OR borrow it!)

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Blog Hop: What's Your Favorite Summer Vacation Spot?


Is your favorite summer vacation spot a sunny beach, a bright city, or a secluded cabin? A romantic getaway or maybe a place you loved as a child?  We want to see it and know why it's your favorite!

To join in this fun Summer Hop:

1) Sign up on the Linky list below.

2) On Saturday May 30, put up a post "My Favorite Vacation Spot" and tell everyone about it!

3) Link to the 6 Blog Hop Co-hosts:

Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

Melanie Karsak: http://www.melaniekarsak.com/

T.F. Walsh: http://www.tfwalsh.com/blog/

Vanessa Morgan: http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/

Jolie Du Pre: http://www.preciousmonsters.com/

Stuart R. West: http://stuartrwest.blogspot.com/

4) On May 30-31, visit the other blogs and see where their favorite getaways are!

Special Giveaways - Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill!

There will be a giveaway featuring 6 exciting novels on the Co-hosts blogs!


Midway: The Harvesting Series Book 1.5 by bestselling author Melanie Karsak

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end. Join Cricket in this unique zombie apocalypse series. It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead!


Cloaked in Fur by author T.F. Walsh

Cloaked in Fur sees rebellious Daciana cast into a life-threatening adventure against her will to uncover who is killing her friends before the predator sets its sights on her.


Drowned Sorrow by author Vanessa Morgan

If Jaws kept you away from the ocean, Drowned Sorrow will keep you away from any water. Discover this chilling story of a remote village where water has become a supernatural element that can think, move, and kill.


Benton (Vol. 1) by author Jolie Du Pre

There's no place to go, no way to escape the zombies until Jennifer meets a young man who says he can lead her to safety at his family's ranch. The catch is that Jennifer has to trust him with her life - and maybe even her heart.


Zombie Rapture by author Stuart R. West

Someone failed to tell the dead they're not in Heaven. Hunter intends to right that wrong.


Soul Cutter by author Lexa Cain

A teenage skeptic goes to Egypt and discovers the supernatural she scorns is all too real. The legendary Soul Cutter is hunting again.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Benton Zombie Novel: Celebrate The Small Things




Today is Friday and time for Celebrate The Small Things, a weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm grateful to have published the third book in my zombie series - Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3.

Jennifer Benton has made it through the zombie apocalypse and has fallen in love with Mark, the charismatic leader of a group of fellow survivors. He’s brought them from Illinois to hoped-for shelter at his family’s Texas ranch, only to discover it destroyed.

The survivors have one more chance when Mark befriends Todd in a nearby refugee camp; he invites the group to fly with him to his wealthy family’s home in Oklahoma.

But what’s inside Todd’s house may be worse than the zombies outside. And now Jennifer has more than Mark and herself to worry about…      

You can read Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 for just 99 cents, or you can borrow it for free through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited.  Go to Amazon.

If you've never read the series:

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 1 is FREE. Go to Amazon.

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol 2 is 99 cents, or you can borrow it for free through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited. Go to Amazon.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Zombie Survival Idea



It's hard to pinpoint what scares me the most about zombies. It could be that their bites are infectious, or maybe it's the fact that there is no way you can negotiate getting out alive. But if I have to be specific, it has to be a zombie's natural instincts to chase me down and devour me like a piece of perfectly seasoned grilled steak.

I've been thinking about zombie survival and the best ways to go about it. How about a boat on the ocean? I'd remain close to the coastline of course, but not close enough for the zombies to reach me. In terms of food, aren't there more than enough fish in the sea to keep me sustained if I can't go inland?

If the situation got too dangerous, I'd probably start considering finding a remote island and hoping to survive with whatever I found there. Of course, my emergency bag would already be packed, containing torches, knives, emergency food and water, maps and all the other things I would need.

It's a popular idea to move from town to town, hoping to find food, but this is also where most of the zombies are going to be. Plus, with all the other survivors scavenging around there probably wouldn't be much left. This is why a self-sustaining way of life may be the way to go.

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On May 4th, over 100 people will announce the publication of Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 on Twitter and Facebook.  I'd love it if you would join them by donating either a Facebook status or a tweet.  It's easy with Thunderclap!  Thanks!






Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yesterday And Today



There's one distinct difference between yesterday and today. Yesterday is over and today is not over.

Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage.  The more we put off what we're supposed to do, the worse the situation can get.

I put things off that I don't want to face knowing full well that not facing them is not an option.  I'm going to have to do them eventually, and the more I delay, the greater the problem becomes.

What did you plan to do yesterday (or the day before that) that you didn't do?  Ask yourself why you're putting it off.

Can you take action today on whatever it is you've been putting off?

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What Is The X Factor?



What is the X Factor? Yes, I know there's a TV show, but what does the term mean?  According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, the X Factor means, "a quality that you cannot describe that makes someone very special."

Do you know anyone who possesses this trait? Is it you?

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